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February 21, 2017

Chicken Little by Nancy Chunn, photo by Casey Dorobek,
Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear Scene 11 Fox News 2013-15 by Nancy Chunn
Detail: 17 x 37 1/2 inches, Acrylic on canvas, Screenprint on canvas
Photo: Casey Dorobek, Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

Art & Politics Now

How should artists react to the current political scene?

Moderator: Lynne Mayocole, sculptor & ATOA President
Panelists: Nancy Chunn, artist
Mike Cockrill, artist
Maria de Los Angeles, artist
Catinca Tabacaru, owner of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery

Organizer: Lynne Mayocole

Nancy Chunn: Since 2001 the 24 hour news media has been in overdrive, playing to our fears. Listening to all this noise, and being an artist, not Jon Stewart, I decided the only way to maintain any level on sanity in this age of absurdity was to restate the folk tail of the paranoid fowl, Chicken Little, who rashly jumped to false conclusions that the sky was falling when an acorn hit her head. Subsequently, for the past 13 and a half years Iíve been working on a painting installation called Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, which is finally finished and installed in the Ronald Feldman Gallery.

Mother Being Deported 2017 by Maria de los Angeles
Mother Being Deported 2017
by Maria de los Angeles

Maria de Los Angeles was born in 1988 in MichoacŠn, Mexico and immigrated Illegally at the age of eleven with her family to Santa Rosa California in 2000. De Los Angelesís subject is both from personal experience and from the larger political conversations surrounding migration. Creating compositions of spontaneous drawings with images and actions, which reference the human experience of moving from one space to another, but convey a fragmentary idea of the larger issues. Through drawing, †installation, sculpture, Painting and Fashion the subject of migration, immigration,†stereotype, internalized†racism, and law get explored. De Los Angeles graduated with an Associates degree in Fine Arts from Santa Rosa Junior College in 2010, a BFA in Painting from Pratt in 2013 and with a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2015. Currently teaches as a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute and is a current artist in Residency El Museo del Barrio and Mana Contemporary. De Los Angeles recently had a solo exhibition at Front Art Space and Pratt Institute, a group exhibition at White Box in New York.†

Catinca Tabacaru
Catinca Tabacaru

Catinca Tabacaru earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and her JD/LL.M in international law from Duke University School of Law. During her Duke Law years, she worked as a part of the legal counsel to the United Nations at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania. She also worked for the Guantanamo Defense Team in Washington, D.C. After two years as a litigation attorney at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in New York City, in 2010 she co-founded and served as the executive director of Womenís Voices Now. In 2012, she stepped down from Women's Voices Now to focus primarily on her art career, and opened her first gallery space in 2014. One year later she co-founded the CTG Collective, and subsequently CTG(R), a traveling art residency program affiliated with the gallery with its inaugural installment taking place in Zimbabwe. She curated her first institutional exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2015

Mike Cockrill, photo by Renat Zabailov
Mike Cockrill
Photo by Renat Zarbailov

Mike Cockrill: With a blend of the playful and serious, Cockrill has been making and exhibiting provocative and challenging narrative paintings for over 35 years. After first gaining notoriety in the early 80s for brash, political, often sexually explicit, cartoon paintings, his art has developed psychological nuance and complexity. He has worked through tongue-in-cheek yet darkly disturbing depictions of adolescent girls calmly killing clowns, to sweetly painted scenes that tweak the sexual suggestiveness he has found in childrenís book illustrations. He work has continually pushed up against the comfort zones of American taste and values - challenging not only the viewer but himself to ponder what forces hold our society together and what threatens to tear it apart? His paintings were included in the Outlaw Bible of American Art, published 2016 by Last Gasp.

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Awarded a graduate fellowship to Hunter College,
†Giordano holds an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
She is represented by June Kelly Gallery.

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Winter 2017

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